21 Sep

Mata wants strong finish

first_img Press Association Speculation has continued that Jose Mourinho will be the man at the helm for the 2013-14 season after a Spanish TV show aired a picture of him shopping in Ikea in Madrid. Punto Pelota claimed the Real Madrid coach spent 200 euros on packing boxes and masking tape with the implication being it could be in preparation for a house move. Should Mourinho return, he is sure to want to build his team around men like Mata. The Spaniard’s decisive strike three minutes from time, although recorded as a Phil Jones own goal after a deflection off the defender, lifted the Londoners back into third in the Barclays Premier League with a priceless win. With a strong goal difference in their favour, they can now effectively secure a top-four place with victory over rivals Tottenham at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. That would then put them in good heart as they step up preparations for the Europa League final against Benfica later this month. But with Chelsea having already played a club-record 65 games – after campaigns in the Champions League, Europa League, Club World Cup and extended domestic cup runs – Mata concedes the players are feeling the effects. Mata added: “I felt in the first half, and sometimes second half, we played a bit slow, maybe because of the amount of games that we have already played during the season. “I think it is normal. When you arrive at the end of the season your legs are a bit tired, mentally as well – but you have to be ready because it is the most important part of the season. “I think we fight until the end.” Juan Mata has vowed to shake off any weariness to ensure Chelsea complete their troubled and epic season with success in two European challenges.center_img Mata made the difference as the Blues kept themselves on course for Champions League football next season – their prime remaining objective of the campaign – with a 1-0 win at Manchester United. The 25-year-old told Chelsea TV: “It wasn’t our best game.” last_img read more

21 Sep

Mackay tips Campbell for England

first_img “When the goals went in it was something quite incredible,” he said. “The stadium, the team, the staff and the fans did us proud in front of a worldwide audience. “The passion the people have got for this showed when the goals went in. “It is something that is going to be massively important for us going forward. They are our 12th man.” Despite conceding two goals at set-pieces, Pellegrini refused to single out any of his defenders or keeper Joe Hart, who hesitated when deciding whether to come for the ball for the first of Campbell’s brace. He said: “I have not seen them yet, but defending set-pieces is the duty of all the team. Not just the goalkeepers and the defenders. “It does not matter who is guilty with the two corners, conceding from two corners is too much, it is too important an area. “When we scored the first goal I thought it would be easier for us as we were playing a team defending with 10 players inside their box. “It was very difficult for us and I think while we did not do a very good match we did not play badly. “We had the patience to try and score, we did it but it was a pity with the two corners.” Few had given the Welsh club a chance of pulling off an upset in their first Barclays Premier League home game, and they fell behind to Edin Dzeko’s stunning strike early in the second half. But they hit back as Aron Gunnarsson tapped in from close range before Campbell lost Pablo Zabaleta twice from corners to head home and spark scenes of delirium at Cardiff City Stadium. Malky Mackay backed Fraizer Campbell to force his way into the England squad after the striker grabbed two goals in Cardiff’s stunning 3-2 win over Manchester City. Alvaro Negredo got a goal back for City in stoppage time, and spurned a last-gasp chance for an equaliser, but it was not enough as manager Maneul Pellegrini was given a rude awakening after their handsome opening win over Newcastle. Campbell’s career has been heavily affected by injuries since making his breakthrough at Manchester United, but his pace constantly troubled Joleon Lescott and his stand-in defensive partner Javi Garcia. His manager believes performances of this quality mean he could soon be adding to his solitary England cap. Mackay said: “I thought Fraizer Campbell gave their whole back four problems today. “He is someone I was delighted to get when we managed to get him in from Sunderland for £600,000. I thought it was an incredible bit of business on our behalf and he hit the ground running. “He needed to get fit and he needed to get sharper and he needed to regain belief in his own ability and that is what we gave him. “He worked hard over the summer and I now think I have a player there who has had an England cap and, over the piece, I think could force his way back into that squad if he keeps his head down and keeps working and playing like that against top, top players.” Mackay also praised the raucous support his side received from the 27,000-strong crowd as they claimed one of the most famous wins in the club’s history. Press Associationlast_img read more

20 Sep

Wet Weather Returning to South Florida

first_imgGrab that umbrella! The rain is about to return.Deep tropical moisture will be moving into South Florida on Wednesday evening, increasing our rain and storm chances to 50 percent during the overnight hours.That trend will continue throughout Thursday, as chances increase to 70 percent with high temps in the mid 80s.On Friday, we can again expect locally heavy rain and lightning storms, with a 90 percent chance of the wet stuff and another day of mid 80s. The locally heavy rain will increase the flood threat due to the heavy rain some areas received previous weeks.Courtesy: WPTV NewsChannel 5Much of the area will see between one and two inches of rain each day, with locally higher amounts.Meanwhile, Fathers Day weekend will continue to be cloudy, with rain chances at 60 percent on Saturday and 50 percent for Sunday, with highs in the upper 80s both days.We’ll start to dry out on Monday and Tuesday, with partly sunny skies and with highs around 90. A few scattered showers and a thunderstorms remain possible both days.last_img read more

20 Sep

Must Read: NY Times Columnist Bari Weiss’ Resignation Letter

first_imgBari WeissDear A.G.,It is with sadness that I write to tell you that I am resigning from The New York Times. I joined the paper with gratitude and optimism three years ago. I was hired with the goal of bringing in voices that would not otherwise appear in your pages: first-time writers, centrists, conservatives and others who would not naturally think of The Times as their home. The reason for this effort was clear: The paper’s failure to anticipate the outcome of the 2016 election meant that it didn’t have a firm grasp of the country it covers. Dean Baquet and others have admitted as much on various occasions. The priority in Opinion was to help redress that critical shortcoming.I was honored to be part of that effort, led by James Bennet. I am proud of my work as a writer and as an editor. Among those I helped bring to our pages: the Venezuelan dissident Wuilly Arteaga; the Iranian chess champion Dorsa Derakhshani; and the Hong Kong Christian democrat Derek Lam. Also: Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Masih Alinejad, Zaina Arafat, Elna Baker, Rachael Denhollander, Matti Friedman, Nick Gillespie, Heather Heying, Randall Kennedy, Julius Krein, Monica Lewinsky, Glenn Loury, Jesse Singal, Ali Soufan, Chloe Valdary, Thomas Chatterton Williams, Wesley Yang, and many others.But the lessons that ought to have followed the election—lessons about the importance of understanding other Americans, the necessity of resisting tribalism, and the centrality of the free exchange of ideas to a democratic society—have not been learned. Instead, a new consensus has emerged in the press, but perhaps especially at this paper: that truth isn’t a process of collective discovery, but an orthodoxy already known to an enlightened few whose job is to inform everyone else.Twitter is not on the masthead of The New York Times. But Twitter has become its ultimate editor. As the ethics and mores of that platform have become those of the paper, the paper itself has increasingly become a kind of performance space. Stories are chosen and told in a way to satisfy the narrowest of audiences, rather than to allow a curious public to read about the world and then draw their own conclusions. I was always taught that journalists were charged with writing the first rough draft of history. Now, history itself is one more ephemeral thing molded to fit the needs of a predetermined narrative.My own forays into Wrongthink have made me the subject of constant bullying by colleagues who disagree with my views. They have called me a Nazi and a racist; I have learned to brush off comments about how I’m “writing about the Jews again.” Several colleagues perceived to be friendly with me were badgered by coworkers. My work and my character are openly demeaned on company-wide Slack channels where masthead editors regularly weigh in. There, some coworkers insist I need to be rooted out if this company is to be a truly “inclusive” one, while others post ax emojis next to my name. Still other New York Times employees publicly smear me as a liar and a bigot on Twitter with no fear that harassing me will be met with appropriate action. They never are.There are terms for all of this: unlawful discrimination, hostile work environment, and constructive discharge. I’m no legal expert. But I know that this is wrong. I do not understand how you have allowed this kind of behavior to go on inside your company in full view of the paper’s entire staff and the public. And I certainly can’t square how you and other Times leaders have stood by while simultaneously praising me in private for my courage. Showing up for work as a centrist at an American newspaper should not require bravery.Part of me wishes I could say that my experience was unique. But the truth is that intellectual curiosity—let alone risk-taking—is now a liability at The Times. Why edit something challenging to our readers, or write something bold only to go through the numbing process of making it ideologically kosher, when we can assure ourselves of job security (and clicks) by publishing our 4000th op-ed arguing that Donald Trump is a unique danger to the country and the world? And so self-censorship has become the norm.What rules that remain at The Times are applied with extreme selectivity. If a person’s ideology is in keeping with the new orthodoxy, they and their work remain unscrutinized. Everyone else lives in fear of the digital thunderdome. Online venom is excused so long as it is directed at the proper targets. Op-eds that would have easily been published just two years ago would now get an editor or a writer in serious trouble, if not fired. If a piece is perceived as likely to inspire backlash internally or on social media, the editor or writer avoids pitching it. If she feels strongly enough to suggest it, she is quickly steered to safer ground. And if, every now and then, she succeeds in getting a piece published that does not explicitly promote progressive causes, it happens only after every line is carefully massaged, negotiated and caveated.It took the paper two days and two jobs to say that the Tom Cotton op-ed “fell short of our standards.” We attached an editor’s note on a travel story about Jaffa shortly after it was published because it “failed to touch on important aspects of Jaffa’s makeup and its history.” But there is still none appended to Cheryl Strayed’s fawning interview with the writer Alice Walker, a proud anti-Semite who believes in lizard Illuminati. The paper of record is, more and more, the record of those living in a distant galaxy, one whose concerns are profoundly removed from the lives of most people. This is a galaxy in which, to choose just a few recent examples, the Soviet space program is lauded for its “diversity”; the doxxing of teenagers in the name of justice is condoned; and the worst caste systems in human history includes the United States alongside Nazi Germany.Even now, I am confident that most people at The Times do not hold these views. Yet they are cowed by those who do. Why? Perhaps because they believe the ultimate goal is righteous. Perhaps because they believe that they will be granted protection if they nod along as the coin of our realm—language—is degraded in service to an ever-shifting laundry list of right causes. Perhaps because there are millions of unemployed people in this country and they feel lucky to have a job in a contracting industry. Or perhaps it is because they know that, nowadays, standing up for principle at the paper does not win plaudits. It puts a target on your back. Too wise to post on Slack, they write to me privately about the “new McCarthyism” that has taken root at the paper of record.All this bodes ill, especially for independent-minded young writers and editors paying close attention to what they’ll have to do to advance in their careers. Rule One: Speak your mind at your own peril. Rule Two: Never risk commissioning a story that goes against the narrative. Rule Three: Never believe an editor or publisher who urges you to go against the grain. Eventually, the publisher will cave to the mob, the editor will get fired or reassigned, and you’ll be hung out to dry.For these young writers and editors, there is one consolation. As places like The Times and other once-great journalistic institutions betray their standards and lose sight of their principles, Americans still hunger for news that is accurate, opinions that are vital, and debate that is sincere. I hear from these people every day. “An independent press is not a liberal ideal or a progressive ideal or a democratic ideal. It’s an American ideal,” you said a few years ago. I couldn’t agree more. America is a great country that deserves a great newspaper. None of this means that some of the most talented journalists in the world don’t still labor for this newspaper. They do, which is what makes the illiberal environment especially heartbreaking. I will be, as ever, a dedicated reader of their work. But I can no longer do the work that you brought me here to do—the work that Adolph Ochs described in that famous 1896 statement: “to make of the columns of The New York Times a forum for the consideration of all questions of public importance, and to that end to invite intelligent discussion from all shades of opinion.”Ochs’s idea is one of the best I’ve encountered. And I’ve always comforted myself with the notion that the best ideas win out. But ideas cannot win on their own. They need a voice. They need a hearing. Above all, they must be backed by people willing to live by them. Sincerely,Barilast_img read more

17 Sep

Syracuse uses 18-0 run to brush aside sloppy start, blow out Cornell

first_img Published on November 19, 2013 at 2:42 am Contact Phil: pmdabbra@syr.edu | @PhilDAbb Quentin Hillsman stresses the importance of clean basketball.But through the first four minutes of Monday’s game, his Syracuse team did not show him clean basketball.“I just told them to clean it up,” the SU head coach said, “and for the shooters to get some floor space, get some balance, and get our lanes wide in transition and spread the floor and make some plays.”The opening minutes of SU and Cornell’s matchup at the Carrier Dome on Monday afternoon featured sloppiness at its finest. A 35-second span in the early going saw seven turnovers. Travels, awry passes that bounced out of bounds and turnovers galore led to an ugly first few minutes.But the Orange straightened up its act. Seven and a half minutes into the game, Syracuse (3-0) tightened up its defense, which translated to fruitful opportunities on the offensive end. The end result was an 18-0 Syracuse run, which at its conclusion positioned the Orange at a 32-10 advantage with 7:42 remaining in the first half.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe rest was merely a formality in SU’s 89-48 victory over the Big Red (2-1) before a Carrier Dome crowd of 199 fans.“We definitely picked up our defensive intensity,” SU guard Brianna Butler said. “I think that we were able to pressure the ball, force turnovers, get Cornell to play out of their element and with them doing that, we were able to push the ball and get open baskets in transition.”But before the Orange’s perimeter defense clamped down on Cornell’s shooters, Hillsman was not pleased on the SU bench.Center Shakeya Leary was whistled for three seconds in the paint on the Orange’s fifth possession. Guard Brittney Sykes flew from coast to coast for a layup at the rim, but missed from point-blank range. Guard Rachel Coffey came up with a steal, but threw it right back to Cornell.Amid the early turnover madness, Hillsman watched the Big Red connect on two 3s and a pair of long two-pointers in the matchup’s first four minutes.“It’s just about knowing who’s in your area,” he said. “I think that at times we didn’t do a very good job at getting our defense set.”As his team, down 7-6, walked back to the bench for a media timeout, he looked at his players with his palms facing up, wondering when they would snap out of it.He received his answer pretty soon.Out of the timeout, the Orange exploded. The 6-foot-3 Leary stepped way out of the paint to block a shot at the perimeter. On the other end, a nifty feed from Taylor Ford to Leary put Syracuse ahead 8-7, and the onslaught was on.Four points from Sykes extended the lead to five points. Then Butler hit a turnaround jumper and after a Cornell 3, she responded with a spot-up 3. In the blink of an eye, the Orange had built a 25-10 lead by the 9:39 mark. By the end of the 18-0 run, SU led by 22 with less than eight minutes left.Meanwhile, the Big Red continued to stumble against Syracuse’s lock-down defense.Instead of turning on the aggressive full-court press that smothered Dartmouth on Thursday, Syracuse had a different defensive game plan prepared for Cornell — a team that shot 41.9 percent from downtown going into Monday’s game.“Different teams have different pressure points,” Sykes said. “They pass the ball really well. We wanted to get them across half court and then invite them for the trap.”The Orange’s defensive effort centralized on the half-court set more than a full-court press, and Cornell still had its problems deciphering both. To counter the Big Red’s ability to pass its way through a full-court press, Syracuse planted half-court traps — which led to steals and opportunities in transition, where SU scored 27 fast-break points.When it was all said and done, Cornell turned the ball over 29 times and lost by 41.The cleaner brand of basketball prevailed.“Easy baskets. Getting out in transition,” Hillsman said. “We got some points off turnovers and were able to play at the rim. I thought that was the most important thing for us today.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

16 Sep

U.S Olympic gold medalist Kelly Catlin passes away

first_img“There is not a minute that goes by that we do not think of her and think of the wonderful life she could have lived, there is not a second in which we would not freely give our lives in exchange for hers. The hurt is unbelievable,” Velonews quoted the father of Kely Catlin, Mark Catlin as saying. Last Updated: 11th March, 2019 12:27 IST U.S Olympic Gold Medalist Kelly Catlin Passes Away Kelly Catlin, a member of the U.S. women’s pursuit team that earned a silver medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, has died at age 23 WATCH US LIVE Kelly Catlin, a member of the U.S. women’s pursuit team that earned a silver medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, has died at age 23. First Published: 11th March, 2019 12:27 IST Written By LIVE TV Asia News International COMMENT Catlin earned three consecutive world championship[ titles with the U.S. women’s pursuit team from 2016-2018. She also raced with the Rally UHC Pro Cycling team on the road. In addition to her cycling career, Catlin was pursuing a graduate degree in Computational Mathematics at Stanford University. FOLLOW US SUBSCRIBE TO US “The U.S. cycling community suffered a devastating loss with the passing of Kelly Catlin, our USA Cycling National Team member,” our thoughts and prayers are with the Catlin family. Kelly was more than an athlete to us, she was and will always be part of the USA Cycling family. This is an incredibly difficult time for the Catlin family and we want to respect their privacy while they support each other,” USA Cycling said in an official statement.last_img read more

30 Aug

Ukraine Rada to review unclear tax frameworks

first_img Share StumbleUpon Andrey Astapov, ETERNA LAW: Ukraine faces critical choices as gambling finish line nears August 21, 2020 Ukraine gambling bill enacted by President Zelensky August 11, 2020 Share Ilya Machavariani, Dentons – CIS regional dynamics will come to play prior to gambling take-off July 31, 2020 Submit Related Articles Four draft laws have been presented to Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada (Parliament), which has set about establishing a new federal tax framework for gambling services.Nevertheless, industry observers appear unimpressed with the draft provisions to modify Ukraine’s tax code, in support of this month’s redrafted and approved Bill 2285-D, which will lay the foundations of ‘Ukraine’s Gambling Law’.The ‘main tax draft’ favoured by the government seeks to establish a 10% gross gambling rate (GGR) across all licensed verticals. However, at present the draft does not specify tax charges for online poker and maintains little transparency on taxing individual land-based casino services.Despite doubts being cast on the main tax draft, alternatives presented to Rada detail no improvement for Ukraine’s business community.Of the three ‘alternative drafts’, one tax framework proposes a 22% GGR charge on lotteries combined with a further 12.5% tax rate on sportsbook services.Meanwhile, Ukraine stakeholders will hope that the government moves to entirely dismiss an alternative draft which recommends implementing an unworkable 25% GGR across all licensed verticals.Ukraine’s SoP government seeks to establish a new industry tax code, which will sit alongside the nation’s 18% corporate tax rate.At present, Ukraine’s SoP government maintains its timetable for regulating its gambling marketplace in 2020. Furthermore, the federal tax amendments published this week have yet to be reviewed by Rada for their first reading.Despite amending the Gambling Law’s licensing conditions in a bid to attract foreign investment, international observers have remained doubtful of Ukraine’s market development as the government maintains a complex and expensive licensing fee structure.last_img read more

29 Aug

Ready, Steady, Cook – The International 7 tipster series – Day One match betting

first_imgPoints Balance: 54 points Liquid vs EGLiquid33.5Bet365/Betway Newbee vs C9Draw32.1Bet365 Fnatic vs TNCFnatic win45Bet365 iG.V vs LiquidiG.V +0.522.11Pinnacle Secret vs EmpireSecret -0.542.19Pinnacle DC vs VPDC +0.532.2Bet365 iG vs NewbeeiG win24.33Bet365 MatchSelectionStake (pts)OddsBookmaker Liquid vs FnaticDraw42.5Bet365 LGD vs EmpireLGD -0.552.06Pinnacle Fnatic vs TNCFnatic +0.561.53Bet365 Total Staked: 47 points LGD vs FnaticDraw22.2Bet365/Betway Total Returns:TBC EG vs iG.VEG -0.531.86Pinnacle OG vs C9OG win32.5Betway We’re back with the second in the “Ready, Steady, Cook series” where imperious Dota 2 analyst Allen Cook provides his tips and picks for The International 7. We’re just days away from competition getting underway and with a four day round robin group stage, we have very little idea who’s hot and who’s not. Without further ado – we’ll leave the talking to Allen as he breaks down his selections for the first day of competition. You can read his initial picks and explanation of scoring system in the initial, outright picks here.You can follow the man, the myth, the legend on Twitter here.Disclaimer: Follow Allen’s tips at your peril.And they’re off!Credit: Allen Cook/mousesportsNobody really knows the full strengths of the teams competing, and day 1 will be extremely interesting and a good indication of who’s put in the time required to go deep in the competition.I won’t really be going into much depth on my reasoning for each selection, a general rule of thumb is that I think “X” team selected is better than their price suggests for this outcome, nothing more, nothing less.Just a couple of betting points — some bookmakers offer outright betting on matches. So, you get Win/Draw/Lose. Other bookmakers offer handicaps — so if a team receives +0.5 maps that means you win the bet if they win or draw the game, likewise if they are -0.5 they need to win the game outright to win the bet.So, my selections for day 1 are as follows: EG vs TNCEG win32.25Betwaylast_img read more

29 Aug

‘Winning World Cup is important in life’ – Griezmann defends Giroud after Benzema ‘insult’

first_imgBarcelona forward Antoine Griezmann has jumped to the defence of his national teammate Olivier Giroud after he was described as a go-cart by Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.Benzema, who said he was comparable to an F1 car, defended his comments, saying that “Giroud himself knows it.”‘You don’t confuse Formula One with go-karting. And I’m being kind. Next… and I know I’m F1,” he said on Instagram.He later added that in comparisons with former Brazil star, Ronaldo, he would definitely consider himself the go-cart.“They only focused on that, on what I said about Formula One and karting, but it’s what I think and it’s the truth.“Look, if I was asked about Ronaldo Nazario, then he would be the Formula One and I would be the kart. Short and simple.”Griezmann who has played with both Giroud and Benzema in matches for the French national team, including the World Cup-winning campaign with Giroud, said the importance of winning a world cup cannot be understated.“I can’t answer all that, that could get me into trouble,” Griezmann said on Twitch.“I love Olivier Giroud, he’s a good player and he helped us win the World Cup. And that’s important in life.“His comments come after Giroud himself hit back at comments made by Benzema.In an interview with Befoot the former Arsenal striker spoke about his World Cup winner’s medal, implicitly pointing out the absence of one for Benzema.“People say you cannot compare a Formula One car with a go-kart and the only thing I can say on the matter is that I’m a world champion, so that isn’t bad for a go-kart, Giroud said.”Benzema lost his place as France’s first-choice striker to Giroud in 2015 after he was implicated in an alleged blackmail plot involving teammate Mathieu Valbuena.However, fans’ reaction to Giroud’s place in the national team is divided, with many claims that he doesn’t score enough.This became a little more apparent at the 2018 World Cup where Giroud failed to register a single shot on target, despite Les Blues winning the title.France’s forward Olivier Giroud (R) and France’s forward Karim Benzema shake hands after drawing 0-0 at the end of the Group E football match between Ecuador and France at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 25, 2014. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEHowever, others have argued that Giroud’s importance to the national team is without questions as he facilitates the movement of other players around him, making them more efficient.Benzema has scored 27 goals in 81 international appearances for France, while Giroud has 39 goals in 97 matches.last_img read more

12 Aug

‘Most photographed’ Wall Street Trader has Coronavirus

first_imgYou’ve seen the face of Peter Tuchman, dubbed the “most photographed trader on Wall Street,” often. In addition to the roller coaster ride on Wall Street, Tuchman has also made news by announcing on Instagram Thursday that he had tested positive for coronavirus.The New York Stock Exchange trader, who calls himself the “Einstein of Wall Street” on his Instagram page, revealed the diagnosis with the picture of a Corona Extra beer bottle and an emoticon of hands joined together.“Hi guys I just thought I’d let you know that I did test positive for corona. I am battling it pretty hard never felt so sick in my life…,” Tuchman said in the post.“Great team of doctors no breathing problems that’s a good thing all the other problems that’s a bad thing will get to the other side of this I’ll be in touch … soon … send prayers,” he added.At least two more Intercontinental Exchange-owned NYSE floor traders tested positive for the virus on Tuesday, despite strict measures taken to prevent those infected from entering the exchange while it remained open last week, according to a memo seen by Reuters.last_img read more